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Maryland baseball defeats Illinois, 6-2, in first Big Ten tournament game

Maryland baseball defeats Illinois, 6-2, in first Big Ten tournament game
Maryland coach Rob Vaughn speaks during a news conference Tuesday before the Big Ten baseball tournament in Omaha, Neb. (Nati Harnik / AP)

The sixth-seeded Maryland baseball team won its first-round game in the Big Ten tournament Wednesday, defeating third-seeded Illinois, 6-2.

Starting pitcher Hunter Parsons earned his 10th win, giving up one run in 7 1/3 innings. Parsons is the second pitcher in Terps history to notch double-digit wins in a season.

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Parsons threw 123 pitches in the win, potentially limiting his availability should Maryland continue to advance.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year Maxwell Costes (Gilman) hit his 13th home run of the season, a two-run shot that broke a tie at 1 in the eighth inning. Justin Vought also hit a two-run homer off of reliever Sean Leland, who took the loss for Illinois (36-19) after allowing four runs on just 21 pitches in the eighth.

The Terps (29-27) next play Thursday, when they’ll face No. 7 seed Ohio State, a 2-1 winner over No. 2 seed Michigan, at 6 p.m.

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